Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why can't we get a radio station like this?

Radio Hauriki, New Zealand.  Yes, they have a streaming webcast, just click on the "Listen" link.

Scan over at the last half-dozen or so songs played just now:
Rollover DJ - Jet
Are You In? - Incubus
Daughter - Pearl Jam
Handwritten - The Gaslight Anthem
I Remember You - Skid Row
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hold On - Alabama Shakes
Look, I'm not saying this is exactly 100% my music, or that it's perfectly new and innovative, or that it's All That.  It's just that it's not yet another oldies station, it's not yet another country-pop station, it's new-ish music, and their musical programming is not selected by cabal of angry 15 year olds.  (Yeah, on that last one I'm talkin' to you 97.9 WCPR.)  And as a bonus, their web site doesn't look or load like it was designed during the Clinton administration – "Optimized for Netscape!"

Well, I can stream'em at home, but I can't take'em on the road with me.  It would be a change for the better to have a listenable station around here that I don't have to stream, wait for nightime skywave, or pull out the antenna design book to receive.

Freekin' New Zealand, they've got everything.  Hell, they've even got Hobbiton these days.

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